Deaf elderly man killed by train

Deaf elderly man killed by train

Onlookers gather at the railway crossing where an express train hit and killed a deaf man on Tuesday morning at Ban Nong Yai in tambon Phru Phi of Ban Nasan district, Surat Thani. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)
Onlookers gather at the railway crossing where an express train hit and killed a deaf man on Tuesday morning at Ban Nong Yai in tambon Phru Phi of Ban Nasan district, Surat Thani. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI: An elderly man with impaired hearing was hit and killed by a train at a railway crossing in Ban Nasan district on Tuesday morning, police said.

Pol Capt Sithichai Roopngam, a duty officer, said the accident occurred about 8.25am at Ban Nong Yai railway crossing in tambon Phru Phi.

Sathien Khunsanong, 76, was hit by express train No.85 bound for Nakhon Si Thammarat as he crossed the rail tracks.

His body came to rest face down about 1 metre from the tracks.  A card identifying him as disabled was found on his body, indicating that Sathien was deaf. He lived in a house in Moo 1 village, near the crossing.

An investigation was underway. Police said their initial finding was that he did not hear the train approaching. 


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